Victim Services

The Victim Services Program (VSP) works with individuals whose lives have been impacted by crime. VSP will strive to help victims feel safe, supported and informed. Our goal is to empower victims by providing information, resources and practical support for crime victims and witnesses.

The effect of crime can threaten an individuals' sense of safety and security, and also impact their physical, finacial and mental well-being. For some people, these difficulties can feel overwhelming. If you have been a victim of a crime, here are a few things you should know:

  • You are not alone.
  • As a victim, you have rights.
  • There are programs and resources that may be able to help.
  • Do I Qualify for an Advocate?

    To qualify, the crime must have occured in Luther jurisdiction and you must be one of the following:

    How We Can Help

    Our goal is to meet the immediate health and safety needs for a victim after a crime has been committed. We respect individuals' choices and provide compassionate care. Services are catered to each individuals' needs and advocacy can include:

    Impact of Crime

    Reactions to a crime vary based on the individual. Some individuals report feeling 'okay' after experiencing a crime. However, half of people who have been victimized report moderate to extreme distress as a result of the crime (DOJ, 2012). While reactions vary, it is not uncommon for people to experience the following after a crime:

    While these initial reactions are normal, we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime to contact an advocate. By working with an advocate, victims can receive emotional support; learn more about their rights and how they can access additional support servies. All of which can reduce the long term impact of the victimization. You are not alone. The Victim Services Program can help.

    Victim and Witness Rights

    You have the right to: